“And they let go the anchors and left them in the sea, meanwhile loosing the rudder ropes; and they hoisted the mainsail to the wind and made for shore.” – Acts 27:40
Paul, Luke and other prisoners were on a ship with over 200 other prisoners, guards and sailors. It was almost winter and they had been sailing in hurricane type weather with winds up to 60 miles an hour, maybe more. They had not seen daylight for many days. They were cold, tired, hungry, sick…they were lost. Hope of survival was finally given up.
An angel appeared to Paul and reminded him that they would make it. They would make it because God had a plan and God wanted Paul to stand before Caesar in Rome. And whenever God has a plan, He will fulfill that plan. He will orchestrate our circumstances to place us in the right place at the right time.
Daylight finally came for these men and they could now see land. However, they did not recognize the shoreline. The winds were still raging and the waves were big enough to tear up the ship near the shore. At this point, the Bible tells us that they dropped the anchors, loosened the rudders and lifted the main sail and it carried them to shore where they were warmed and fed by the natives.
Storms in our lives often bring us to shores we may not recognize. We may feel scared and overwhelmed. We may feel like there is no hope. We may not even want to go to shore. We must remember God’s promises to us. We must remember that He will bring us to where He wants us to be, safely and in His timing.
When we are in a storm in our lives, there is always a time of “daybreak” giving us a glimpse of hope. These “storms” in our lives often bring us to “shores” we may not recognize. They bring us to unfamiliar territory or places in our lives that we do not recognize. Although we may not recognize the shores when daylight comes it may be the very place God wants us. Rather than remaining out at sea in the storm, maybe it is time to let go of the anchors in your life, loosen the rudder and lift the sails and be carried to shore. Let God carry you to shore today and bring you into His perfect plan.
Paul and these men found comfort and warmth. Let Jesus provide that comfort and warmth for you today as He brings you into shore.
“I have deliberately set obstacles in your path to test your prowess. I will not always cause favorable winds to blow upon your life, for then you would be at ease and would soon grow soft and dull. It is when the wind is high and the waves are threatening that you become alert and keen, and then I can strengthen your spiritual fiber. The storm is not a thing to fear but rather to welcome. As soon as you have made the discovery that in the time of stress and strain you have the clearest revelations of Myself, You will learn to head into the wind with sheer delight.” – Francis J Roberts